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Mouse Guard: Winter 1152

(Mouse Guard #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  7,083 ratings  ·  412 reviews
In the Winter of 1152, the Guard face a food and supply shortage threatening the lives of many through a cold and icy season. Saxon, Kenzie, Lieam, and Sadie, led by Celanawe, traverse the snow-blanketed territories acting as diplomats to improve relations between the mouse cities and the Guard. This is a winter not every Guard may survive. Collects the second Eisner-Award ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 192 pages
Published July 22nd 2009 by Archaia Studios Press (first published July 1st 2007)
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Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everything I liked about the first book is continued here, with two added elements besides.

1. Of all the elements in these books, the characterization is probably the weakest. It's just not the focus of the story. However, in this second book, we get to know the characters *much* better, and it added a lot for me.

2. Even better, we get to see more of the world of the mice. We meet the hares and see the relationship with the mice. We see a city that used to be occupied by the ferrets, (we haven'
Lukas Sumper
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is better than the first Book, so much so that I would like to read more of it! The art and the format in general are perfect for the story, the only thing I still dislike is that its abit too fast in moving the plot forward. This is an easy one to recommend!
4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Seth T.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
In Winter 1152, David Petersen continues his tale of mouse intrigue, glory, and honour apace. Rather than having the squashed rebellion of Fall 1152 simply fade into memory as a one-off plot to give the first volume some heft, we see that these things have lasting consequences and that the flames that leapt up in open rebellion still smoulder in traitorous saboutage.

This volumes lays more foundation for upcoming books as Petersen explores not just the relationships between the guardsmice, but i
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
It's like an adult Redwall. It's not bad, but there is something about it that leaves me a bit cold. The artwork is wonderful but the Mice Templar is better storywise, I think. ...more
As a special reward for May, we bought her the second Mouse Guard. I was a little frustrated to learn a) it hasn't come out in soft-cover yet and b) Volume 3 iss only barely beginning to come out in issues!

My daughter is obsessed. She is going to dress as Gwendolyn for Halloween this year. Her drawing quality took a giant leap when she started drawing guardsmice. She writes her own comics (2-3 panels of mice facing off aginst bullfrogs and the like).

This volume doesn't have quite the epic-span f
May 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Reread this one today. I have mixed feelings. The story was fun and I think the art works perfectly to illustrate this world. But I found the book fitted bogged down with exposition. I really didn't care about the complex relationships and when one character was talking about another character I had very little idea who they were actually talking about (this may be due to Peterson, but I'm willing to accept that I just wasn't paying attention - but out of a lack of interest). ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Read & Enjoyed the First 'Mouse Guard' Book
The saga of the Guardmice continues in this second installment of David Petersen's anthropomorphic murine fantasy - like the first, Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 , it is composed of six chapters that were originally separate comic book issues, as well as some additional material - as Saxon, Kenzie, Lieam, Sadie, and Celanawe (revealed to be the legendary Black Axe in the previous book) struggle to make their way back to Lockhaven, the Guard Mouse stronghold. Dispatched by Mouse Guard Matriarch, Gwen ...more
Lizzie & Koala Skywalker
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: koala-read
I love the heroic mice and their exciting adventures in the Mouse Guard: Winter 1152. ~ Koala ^-^
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"It matters not what you fight but what you fight for" ...more
Quentin Wallace
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second volume of this series was almost as good as the first. The art is tremendous in this series and the story isn't far behind. I've heard many people say they think this series would be good for younger readers, but really I'm not seeing that. The characters are talking animals, but the language and situations are not aimed at younger readers. Well, maybe YA type readers, but not children. I don't mean the book is loaded with curse words, but it's somewhat old English type dialogue, plus ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: digital, favorites, x2018
Petersen's world of mice is getting deeper (literally :-) ), wider, more complex and more naturalistic. Death, betrayal, fear of danger, struggle, it has it all. Winter is a hostile season and this Mouse Guard book can show it. And I liked it. Very much. The story is not epic, it is more subtle and rather personal, but very well told. The art is as always beautiful, rather on the realistic side, firm ink lines with perfect colouring. I'm really looking forward to next book of this story arc. I r ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one is better than Mouse Guard Winter. This is such a cool series. I liked Fall 1152 but this goes deeper into their culture and history. It explains more and makes me ask more questions. I just want more after reading this. I will go back and read Fall and look for all other Mouse Guard books as well.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
A dark story with exquisite artwork (and the occasional piece of terrible poetry).
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mouse Guard never fails to fill me with the warm & cozies. My favourite fireside series.
Joanna McCleland
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to run a Mouse Guard Dungeons and Dragons game based off these books. They are THAT good.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This world is perfect! Its The Lord of the Rings meets The Secret of NIMH!
Daniel Winegar
Huh. I guess I did read the second book in a series first. I wondered about that while I was reading it. And that is where I end this unhelpful review.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review to come :)
Jeff Lanter
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
A much more grounded story than the first Mouse Guard volume. Instead of an epic, sweeping tale with no time to develop most of its components, we get a much smaller story of the Guard just trying to make it back to their home with supplies. This makes for a far more enjoyable read, as it doesn't take huge leaps forward in story, instead staying very close to our main heroes as they battle their way back to Lockhaven.

That said, I still find the series a little silly at times. It takes itself so
Thurston Hunger
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
As mentioned in my Spring 1152 review, we accidentally read this one first, and it was tougher to comprehend lacking the back story. But this journey story, visiting the Weasely underworld and a nice macabre interaction with bats that for my young darklings was much enjoyed.

Speaking of bats, there is sort of a legendary mouse named the Black Axe who your kids will likely love as mine did, but his arc has perhaps a tragic tinge to it, so be forewarned with more sensitive young ones. As this is mi
Nov 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 5th grade and up
Three and a half stars. The illustrations in this sequel are still gorgeous, and after mentioning Dinotopia in my review of the first book, I was tickled to see this Foreword by James Gurney. He writes, "With impeccable taste Petersen chooses dramatic camera angles and striking compositions, not merely to tell the story, but to expand the world. The colors transition from golden firelight to pale blue moonlight." I guarantee the constant snowfall in this book will make you feel cold.

However, the
Rick Silva
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
With supplies depleted as winter approaches, the guardmice send messengers to the nearby towns to request needed supplies and to invite the leaders to a summit to find common solutions to the threats facing the mice. David Petersen envisions a medieval-style society made up of mice and the warrior-mice who serve as their protectors.

While one group is split up as they struggle to make it home, treachery lurks in the halls of Lockhaven.

This was my first introduction to Mouse Guard, aside from a co
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Better than MG: Fall, so if you liked that one at all, pick this up. The art is great, as before, though I completely disagree with the choice of using all caps for all of the mouse dialogue (different kinds of animals actually use different lettering styles). But that is really my only complaint. The story kept me engaged the entire time, and I found the winter season to be most enjoyable for Mouse Guard. Winter is just the most mysterious and magical of seasons, IMO. It was great, too, to lear ...more
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
It is really easy to fall in love with the merry band of mouseketeers. . . no, not the Disney ones. . .as they go off on a quest in the dead of winter to gather supplies and alliances in response to recent internal tumults and betrayals. Although the plot is not too taxing, or even that original it seems, the artwork is wonderful, almost enchanting I would say. You do get some character development and they square off against natural pitfalls and mortal natural enemies, but they are adorable eve ...more
Matthew Hunter
Even better than the first installment. David Petersen's artwork and dialogue work together perfectly to tell a harrowing story. The Celanawe/Lieam relationship takes on a Yoda/Luke Skywalker feel. The intra-mousedom intrigue adds a Game of Thrones vibe to the series. The small stature of the main characters amplifies the story's epic-ness. For me, Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 approaches Braveheart levels on the breathless meter. I literally moved to the edge of my seat during the Bat and Owl scenes ...more
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mice, who guard things. The plots are pretty basic, and young-adult fantasy novel earnest, and the art is fantastic. The worldbuilding is excellent as long as you don't think two hard about why there are medieval-ish mice in what seems (by the fauna) to be Michigan, why Mice and Weasels have thumbs and none of the animals do, and why the population seems about 1/10th the size required for the civilization shown. You can just posit some Rats of NIMH action in the background and move on. The art i ...more
Just after reading the first volume (Autumn 1152) I started this one, and I think I liked the story a little bit more. Some scenes are quite fascinating and intense, but a little bit frustrating too, as they references to an era that we will not see and that looked so interesting. I managed to attach myself to some characters in this one and the plot was deeper. I'd love to read a third one if it goes better again. ...more
Trae Stratton
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The cinematic paneling and storytelling that started in "Fall" continues here in "Winter" making this a joy to read. I enjoy recharging my batteries between longer novels with graphic novels and this one was perfectly suited to the task. Looking forward to the next installment. ...more
These poor mice! Their lives are so tough, but they are so, so cute.
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David Petersen was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics, and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David won the 2007 Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2008, David won the E

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“You should always aim to be your own mouse, Lieam. In already are. You are not so quick to jump into danger as Saxon and not as pensive of mind as Kenzie. They rely on each other too much. Saxon knows he can afford to be reckless since Kenzie acts as his conscience. And Kenzie can linger in his thoughts and plans, because he knows Saxon can defend him. I tested Kenzie earlier. I wanted to see if he would be swayed by my advice. It took Saxon's coaxing to make up the greyfur's mind. Be compleete with in yourself young will never disappoint. Even in solitude.” 10 likes
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